Love CBD entered the UK CBD industry at the ground floor. In 2014 when most of the world was still naïve to its benefits, founders Phil and Dan Culbertson had already started producing oils from imported hemp. Now, with years of improvements and experience, their products are better than ever.
They offer several product types which include an entourage oil, a Dutch spray, CBD Balm and the new gold range. These capsules are from the entourage range and each contains a blend of different cannabis strains to maximise the diversity of their cannabinoid content.
In a pot you get sixty small capsules, each holding 10mg of CBD, CBDa and CBG in coconut oil and beeswax. The shell is made from Hydroxypropl Methylcellulose (HPMC), which is a type of vegetable cellulose making them entirely suitable for vegetarians. You also get an additional helping of terpenes to add extra benefits and assist with the entourage effect.
Who are Love CBD?
Love CBD are a UK brand based in Newmarket, Suffolk. They’re industry pioneers who’ve been around since 2014. Since they started, they’ve provided an excellent example of transparency and honesty in their practices. They were among the first members of the Cannabis Trades Association and a third-party lab analyses every batch they produce. The results are made available to their customers on their website.
Love CBD have committed themselves to provide quality products made with exemplary raw materials, so everything they produce contains cannabinoids extracted from legal European Sativa hemp strains. It’s grown without pesticides, herbicides, artificial fertilisers or harmful chemicals.
They also fully understand the benefits of including other cannabinoids and useful plant substances. To achieve the best results, they’re one of the few brands that combine extracts from different plant varieties for improved effects.
Third Party Lab Tests
The lab results for these capsules were easily accessible on the product page and also under a tab on the navigation menu labelled ‘lab results’. There isn’t a database for certificates relating to previous batches, but there were a few for each product.
The example on the product page was for an older batch and the one accessible via the nav menu was for the current one (batch 3). Although I could find all the information I needed, I prefer to see a neatly arranged selection of certificates for each batch, like that provided by Endoca.
The certificates are relatively basic and only include a profile of cannabinoids. The best certificates I’ve seen also include a terpene profile and a full screening for potential contaminants. The certificates show:
- CBD = 6.5%
- CBDA < 0.0250%
- CBC < 0.0250%
- CBCa < 0.0250%
- CBDV = 0.0307%
- CBDVa < 0.0250%
- CBG = 0.5800%
- CBGA < 0.0250%
- CBL < 0.0250%
- CBN < 0.0250%
- CBNa < 0.0250%
- Delta 8-THC = 0.0500
- Delta 9-THC < 0.0250%
- THCa < 0.0250%
- THCV < 0.0250%
- THCVa < 0.0250%
While the lab results show traces of an impressive range of cannabinoids, they’re presented in a way that makes it hard to verify the amounts. Without more information, it’s impossible to tell how 6.5% relates to the 10mg of CBD, CBDa and CBG mentioned on the label.
It’s also odd that Delta 8-THC is listed as 0.0500% yet total THC is recorded as < 0.0250%. It’s likely that these capsules do come in under the UK legal limit of 1mg per container, but without more details, it’s hard to be certain.
I’m delighted with the broad range of cannabinoids here and that the certificates are so readily available. However, they’re too simple and don’t make it easy for customers to quickly ascertain that they’re getting what they’ve paid for.
Love CBD Capsules Ease of Use
These capsules are tiny, which makes them particularly easy to swallow whole. If you prefer you can bite them open and squeeze out the paste to let it absorb under your tongue.
On the label are some simple instructions that advise you on how many to take per day as you get used to their effects. I found this useful and it’s well suited to anyone who’s not tried CBD capsules before.
If you swallow a capsule whole, it’s tasteless, but if you bite it open and hold the paste in your mouth, you’ll notice a pleasant coconut flavour.
I stuck to the serving suggestion on the pot and used all of the capsules in less than two weeks. For the first three days, Love CBD advise that you take one daily. After that, they suggest that you take two, three times per day. That’s a generous amount of 60mg spread across the day.
I didn’t notice any immediate effects, but about a week after I’d increased to six capsules per day, I saw some improvements in my mood and general well-being. Although it’s hard to attribute this to the CBD completely, I did feel as if the capsules were making a difference. I noticed an improvement in my energy and focus during the day and also experienced a reduction in some mild symptoms of anxiety.
Value for Money
At £34.99 for a pot of sixty 10mg capsules, each one costs about 58p, so 1mg of CBD works out as about 6p. In total, you get 600mg which makes them about level with other good value or budget brands I’ve tried. Jacob Hooy also provides 60 servings of 10mg capsules for £34.99 and Endoca’s 10mg capsules are significantly more expensive at £26 for a bottle of 30.
Despite the lack of clarity on the lab results, these capsules are a bargain. It’s an inspired touch to combine extracts from different strains and I was impressed with the effect when I followed the serving suggestion.
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